The main goal of any chemical process is to turn raw materials into finished goods. The more efficiently the chemicals are processed, the more cost-effective the final product will be. Here are some key things to keep in mind when managing a chemical process operation.
Hazardous materials must be handled properly at all times.
Unsafe practices are not acceptable in any situation. Everyone should wear protective gear during their shift, and they should take it seriously when working with hazardous chemicals. If possible, try to reduce exposure by using gloves or masks whenever necessary if this isn’t already done automatically by the system. Also, ensure that all safety procedures are followed, such as using the correct safety shower and eyewash station in case of an emergency.
Always read the Material Safety Data Sheet for each chemical
This document contains information on how to handle each hazardous chemical, including details on storage, exposure limits, and procedures. If you notice any discrepancies or errors on the sheet, contact your supervisor immediately so that they can address them with the appropriate personnel.
Keep careful records of product quality
Poor-quality products are not only a loss for production but also pose risks to consumers who purchase them. Before starting your shift keep track of any issues that occurred during earlier process runs that could indicate problems with materials or equipment; this will help you minimize waste by avoiding unnecessary changes.
Keep a close eye on indicators
Examine the flow indicator and temperature gauges for signs of malfunction. Problems will not always become apparent quickly, so be sure to check them throughout your shift.
Maintain machinery to prevent costly delays
Regularly clean equipment to prevent corrosion or buildup. This will ensure better yield and help avoid costly downtime associated with equipment failure; this is one of the most important duties assigned to operators in production facilities.
Know where you’re supposed to be at all times
If you don’t know your work location, seek out someone who does before doing anything else; wandering around aimlessly wastes time that could be used productively by others. Make sure that your PPE (personal protective equipment) is readily accessible.
Ensure that all measurements are made accurately
Make sure the lab balance is zeroed and no material has fallen into it before making a measurement. Also make sure that data collection sheets have been properly filled out, as they serve as legal records of the unit’s performance. Measurements must be accurate to ensure quality control and minimize risk of accidents occurring from incorrect chemical dosing.